Seaside Restaurants in Cornwall
Wild surf, turquoise seas, and stunning views: a trip to the coast is a must when staying in Cornwall. For guests at Boconnoc, it’s happily only a short trip to some of the region’s most beautiful seaside stretches—and top-rated restaurants, too.
To inspire your adventuring, we’ve picked five of our very favourite seaside restaurants in Cornwall. All are within driving distance of Boconnoc, and all offer delights ranging from the freshest Porthilly oysters and locally sourced rib-eye steaks to beautifully crisp stone-baked pizzas. Complement your meal with a chilled glass of Cornish wine, and be sure to go for a beachy stroll afterwards to feel the sand between your toes.
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow has been a Cornish institution since it first opened its doors in 1975. Its exceptional gastronomy, harbour views, and superior hospitality have earned it international renown, and its ingredients—including fresh fish sourced directly from local waters—make it far and away one of the best seaside restaurants in Cornwall. Linger on a stool at the seafood bar poised in the middle of the dining room, or settle in at a table to enjoy cascading towers of fruits de mer.
Fifteen Cornwall, Newquay
With Jamie Oliver’s name above the door, Fifteen—located just outside of Newquay—promises Italian-inspired cuisine with a Cornish twist. The award-winning restaurant offers exceptional panoramas overlooking Watergate Bay, while its bright and minimalist dining room contributes to the stylish, beachy feel. Sample delicious cocktails created by the restaurant’s experienced mixologists before nibbling on little dishes of antipasti and then indulging in the tasting menu (with expertly matched wines by their head sommelier to accompany).
Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris
It doesn’t get much more summery than Sam’s on the Beach—especially considering the bright and beautiful bistro was built within a renovated, 150-year-old former RNLI lifeboat station. When the weather is fine, a table outdoors is the place to drink in the Cornish sun and sea breezes. Tuck in to stone-baked pizzas that are fired in the restaurant’s pizza oven, delve into bowls of plump Cornish mussels, share heaping seafood platters with friends and loved ones, and clink your glasses of frosty rosé.
The Cracking Crab, Polzeath
The best beach restaurants in Cornwall aren’t always fine dining affairs. Sometimes, a casual afternoon at a crab shack is the purest summertime pleasure. When the craving hits, venture to the Cracking Crab in Polzeath. Directly overlooking the seaside retreat’s sandy beach and rolling hills, the Cracking Crab is, as its name suggests, a specialist in crab, though bacon-wrapped monkfish, char-grilled scallops, and grilled mackerel are some of the other temptations on hand. To add to the casual, beachfront ambiance, the restaurant has created its very own West Country beer, brewed in partnership with a Devon-based South Ham Brewery.
Fish Market, Looe
Although not necessarily an eating establishment, Cornwall’s fish markets are an important and vibrant part of the local seaside life, and a must for every seafood enthusiast. Browse crates of fresh lemon sole, plaice, crabs, and other delicacies pulled straight from Cornish waters. Pick your very own catch of the day and start dreaming up recipes, or even make use of a private chef at Boconnoc for a bespoke seafood feast. For those not so keen on the early wake-up, Pengelly’s Fishmonger is another good choice in Looe.